Gogoro's battery-swapping stations in Taiwan are currently virtual power plants

Apr 19, 2023 11:53 AM ET
  • Taiwanese two-wheeler battery exchanging company Gogoro has a strategy to offer power back to Taiwan's electrical grid and also earn money while doing it.
Gogoro's battery-swapping stations in Taiwan are currently virtual power plants
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The company is partnering with Enel X, a power services provider, to integrate 2,500 of its GoStations in Taiwan into Enel X's Virtual Power Plant (VPP).

A VPP is a collection of small-scale energy resources that have actually been collaborated and also coordinated with grid operations in order to provide the grid with trusted and also affordable resources of power.

In this case, Enel X is providing power back to Taiwan Power Company, Taiwan's public electrical energy. The state is sustaining Enel X's VPP as it works to get to net-zero discharges in 2050. One method Taiwan intends to implement its power transition is via enhancing power system resilience.

" We are going into a new era of wise energy framework, and by incorporating the Gogoro Network with the Enel X Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in Taiwan, we are providing a new power resource," claimed Horace Luke, Gogoro's CEO and also founder, in a declaration. "It is the first time this modern technology has actually been deployed by doing this in the world, and it develops a new Gogoro revenue stream past mobility."

Gogoro's stations collectively hold nearly 2 gigawatt hours, according to Jason Gordon, Gogoro's VP of communications. The ability of the 2,500 GoStations that will become part of the Enel X integration has to do with 150 megawatt hours of battery capacity.

The official partnership is an extension of a pilot that was finished in 2022, in which Gogoro incorporated 10 of its GoStations into Enel X's VPP. Gogoro stated the pilot demonstrated that the company's network might safely pause charging during a grid imbalance or provide energy back to the grid as called for without triggering any type of interruptions to battery-swapping clients.

This month, the companies have actually transformed nearly 1,300 GoStations across greater than 500 locations into VPP nodes by affixing a piece of hardware from Enel X that connects Gogoro's connect with Enel's grid management software. The strategy is to reach 2,500 GoStations throughout 1,000 locations by midyear.

Being a part of Enel X's VPP not only assists make sure a much more stable grid, however it also provides Gogoro with a new revenue stream beyond mobility. Enel X either pays Gogoro outright or gives the company discounts for energy it markets back to the network, along with when Gogoro stops power at its stations, according to Gordon.



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